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Bye-bye Birdie: Flappy Bird gets axed

Bye-bye Birdie: Flappy Bird gets axed

Hit iOS and Android game Flappy Bird has been yanked from the App Store and Google Play, after developer Dong Nguyen followed through on yesterday's threat to axe the top download amid ongoing controversy. The free game, said to be making Nguyen's Vietnamese studio around $50,000 a day in advertising revenue, had prompted accusations of stolen gameplay and graphics, leaving the developer to bemoan the attention and eventually opt to withdraw Flappy Bird altogether.

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“X-Men: Days of Future Past” makes international TV debut in Japan

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” makes international TV debut in Japan

X-Men: Days of Future Past has made its international television spot debut in Japan, where a rather basic teaser trailer was aired with quick flashes of action shots and the main characters in various states of action. It is short and sweet, and while not lending itself towards expounding on the plot, it does give a look at this summer's upcoming movie at break-neck speed.

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Jean Michel Jarre wants $400 of your new iPhone for his pocket

Jean Michel Jarre wants $400 of your new iPhone for his pocket

Musician Jean Michel Jarre has lashed out at tech companies for devaluing music and other media, suggesting that $300-400 of the sticker price of every smartphone sold should be handed straight over to content creators. Dismissing the tech segment as "manufacturers of computers or cables" who "created a monster", Jarre argued that the world had become too focused on the delivery medium and not the content itself, and that while consumers shouldn't necessarily pay for music, phone makers should shoulder the burden instead.

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The two charts that have Twitter investors fleeing

The two charts that have Twitter investors fleeing

Twitter's 2013 financials may have delivered better-than-expected results but that hasn't stopped the social network's share price from taking a beating in after-hours trading, and that looks to be down to engagement. Although revenue was solid, a stall in new users has some investors spooked, and Twitter's own charts show the root of its problems: getting new sign-ups to log on, and old users to come back.

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Twitter posts solid 2013 though new users stall

Twitter posts solid 2013 though new users stall

Twitter has revealed its Q4 2013 and fiscal year 2013 financial results, the first since the company's IPO, with revenue up an impressive 116-percent year-on-year. Q4 revenue reached $243m, Twitter announced, though monthly active users slowed, amounting to 241m at the end of the quarter, little more than the 232m at the end of Q3. Still, the solid performance - better than many expected - has left investors unimpressed, with Twitter's stock price slumping post-announcement.

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Google sells Motorola to Lenovo at huge loss (but keeps the patents)

Google sells Motorola to Lenovo at huge loss (but keeps the patents)

Google has confirmed it is selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo, with the Chinese company paying $2.91bn for the smartphone manufacturer. The deal, which is being positioned as giving Lenovo an easy footprint in the North American market, was rumored within the past hour, comes as no small surprise, given Google acquired Motorola in 2011 for $12.5bn. As part of the deal, Google will keep hold of the Motorola patent portfolio believed to be its primary interest in the first place.

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